Leaving aside the obvious criticism of a newspaper attempting to scare its readers with what is explicitly a ‘worst case scenario’, by definition unlikely, as opposed to informing them usefully on what might actually happen in their lives, this is shoddy journalism, devoid of data which they might use to make sense of the situation.
The infection rate has been flat for 6 days now at around 6 000 new cases every day and with most of these among the younger age groups. A fall seems imminent
Hospital admissions went up 24 to 653 yesterday. The idea that this could surge to 4 500 in two weeks is plain daft in the light of flattening infection levels after a wee school-related ‘surge’, ongoing vaccination rollouts and perhaps, already flattening hospital admissions, is just one of these ‘worst case scenarios’ which nobody really expects to happen yet which the Herald thinks might attract readers. Regrettably, it might also put some off coming forward, thereby risking their lives.